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The St. Louis region grew slightly in 2014, but the city dropped by about 1,000 people, according to new Census data.
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The latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows the St. Louis region has grown little in population since 2010, but also has remained fairly stable.

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The population trends in the St. Louis metropolitan area continued in 2013, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The census estimates the city of St. Louis had 696 fewer people in July of 2013 than at the same time the previous year, 0.22 percent drop. At the same time surrounding counties in Missouri added population.

Saint Louis University sociology professor Onésimo Sandoval studies demography and said the numbers didn't surprise him. The structure of cities across the U.S. is changing, Sandoval said.